Pondering The Holiday Decorating

I cooked my little $5 turkey in the crock pot. I put Stove Top stuffing underneath it. 

The night before, I was a little hesitant on what to do, so phoned Marty and she answered my questions. Thanks, Marty!

This was my flowers a few days ago. 

It's funny. I used to bake my own bread (when the children were littles) and make a perfect meringue (though I never mastered the art of the pie crust). I cooked anything and everything. I was undaunted. 

Now I'm hesitant when I cook. Back then I was a young mother and mouths needed to be fed. I guess I didn't stop to think or be afraid I might fail. I just did it. To be young is to be invincible!

But now I seem to lack the confidence with cooking I once had.

And so my little turkey, after my meal mid-afternoon yesterday, yielded another meal and a half. The half is mostly dressing with a little bit of turkey mixed in. Just enough meals not to get sick of it. 

I had a little glitch the night before. I wanted to make the fruit salad I put on my blog when I was pondering what to make. I sat down to print out the instructions. And my mouse wouldn't work. 

My other computer is not set up to the printer. Yes, I'm sure there is a way to do it wirelessly, but I don't know how, so it's a moot point. 

Speaking of computers, I downloaded Windows 10 to my Desktop, where all of my photos are stored. I then could not find my thousands upon thousands of photos. Panic mode!

So I called Cox Tech Support, and I had taken off Windows 10 and gone back to Windows 7. Still no pictures. Well, now I have them, but have to jump through several more ridiculous hoops to get there. 

I want to go back in time and not have downloaded Windows 10! Does anyone have a magic wand???

I don't know what I'd advise about downloading Windows 10...

My red geranium a few days ago

I tore into my file cabinet and took out all the crap I'd put in the bottom drawer to someday be filed, searching for the instructions that came with the mouse.

Couldn't find it, but at least I finally got the other stuff filed. 

Finally, I called Cox Tech Support. I'd googled ways to fix it on my laptop, but the instructions were muddled and I didn't quite get them.

I pay Cox Tech Support $14.95 per month to take care of my remote needs with my computers. They are well worth the price. I run into a snag or the computer is sluggish, I call them. They get on my computer, tell me to go on about my business, and they fix it. 

It's such a relief to know that if I have malware or there's something I can't figure out for myself, they have always come to my rescue.

And so we figured it out, I got my fruit salad instructions printed, and all was right with the world. And it was a good fruit salad!

I spent the rest of yesterday reading posts and moving my three little Christmas trees from one place to another. I wanted them to be clustered together, but don't have a lot of space to do that. 

I wanted the green one (the other is red and one is white: picked up the white one from Big Lots for $20) to be in an old bucket I keep in my garden space. But there wasn't room in the bucket for the little plastic "feet."

I'd been worrying with it all week. Finally, Wednesday, I appealed to Mr. Maintenance Man. (I'm tired of typing all that out. His name is Israel.) 

He got some sand and put the tree in there to hold it up in a vessel inside of the bucket. But it still tended to lean a bit, which would have driven me crazy.

So, amid the vast rains we got yesterday and are still having today, I went outside and dumped the sand and put the plastic feet back on. And that simply wasn't doing it for me. 

The making of the ornaments and decorating these trees will be simple. After I figure out where I want them. 

And really, as often happens, I think I want them right back where I started. After having moved half of the living room furniture around to accommodate my ideas, I'm back to square one. 

So today, I'll try again. I'll have a bit of leftovers to tide me over without having to think about meals. 

I'll listen to the rain and the thunder and be thankful that I'm warm and cozy inside my little lamp-lit apartment with the pupsters. 

And I'll try not to think of my thousands of photos that are now much more difficult to get to.


  1. Glad for the warning about Windows 10. I haven't downloaded it yet. Now I think I will wait until they force me to use it.

  2. My son downloaded Windows 10 for me and I love it. My photos are all in the same place and I haven't had any issues at all with 10.

  3. Oh that Marty and Cox are life savers!

    Just stopping by to say I hope that you are enjoying a wonderful long holiday weekend.

    May you have good food, friends and family.

  4. I have a turkey breast I'm going to cook in my crockpot sometime in Dec. Sounds like such a great way to cook one. I am so lucky my daughter takes care of all my computer needs. Hope all is fixed and you can find a better way to access your photos.


  5. I have not yet downloaded windows 10 for the simple reason that I can't play Freecell. Yep I am hi tech.

  6. Computers...love them and hate them! I haven't been on mine today because I was going to stay in and decorate. But, I had to go out and get a few gift cards, come home and wrap them and then send them out Priority mail. Our son in TX will be heading out of the country in another week and they'll be celebrating Christmas with him before he leaves. By the time I got home it seemed like the day flew by, so I'll spend the weekend trying to get it done.

  7. I downloaded Windows 10 and really don't like it. Will have to figure out what to do about it. I'm glad that you have Cox to help you. Hope everything gets figured out...

  8. I signed up to get Windows 10 free but haven't been brave enough download it yet...I hear good things and bad things about it...I'm glad you enjoyed your little turkey..I am still waiting to see your Christmas decorating Brenda!!

  9. I've heard Windows 10 sucks, and those I know who've downloaded it went right back 7 or 8. I have 8 and I have no plans to upgrade any time soon.

    Sounds like you and I kinda had the same idea about Thanksgiving. I had to work yesterday. So did my son, so we decided to get turkey plates with all the fixins' from Ingles. I only made deviled eggs and a chocolate pecan pie. It was all delicious. I'm very thankful.

    Hope you find an easier way to get to your pictures. Have a great weekend!


  10. I have heard about Windows 10 and some issues. Every time I start up my computer I get the little box asking me if I want to download 10. I don't have tech support like you do with Cox. So if I mess up I am in trouble! Ha! I would be crying probably. :-) I used to cook turkey breasts in my crockpot. We found the meat to be juicy and tender.
    I know just what you mean about moving and rearranging, then going back to the original configuration. Have done it too many times. Ha! Sheila

  11. Windows 10 is a challenge. I do not want to download it. Your Thanksgiving meal sounds yummy.
    Blessings to you during this Thanksgiving weekend.

  12. Oh I am so glad you turkey turned out great. It really is the best way to cook a small one and it tastes like you worked on a major meal all day. The smell is also amazing while it is cooking.

  13. I love Windows 10! I'm really surprised, until I read the comments, I thought everyone loved it. ha Shows what I know.

    I love to cook for Thanksgiving. Whether it's just for myself or all my relatives, I love cooking it. The aroma that wafts from the oven evokes wonderful memories.

    I hope you get those trees situated and you can have a rest and enjoy them. :-)

  14. I downloaded Windows 10, free. I wasn't happy "at first" . I had been getting tons of pop -ups with "7" so I thought it was worth a try. Well,the pop-ups didn't go away with 10, and I had trouble with my e-mail being stuck on one message, that wouldn't allow me to read anything else, beyond that one message. (Not caused by Windows 10 tho) I called a tech to come over, who fixed the e-mail problem, got rid of all of the pop-ups, and also deleted stuff(that was in the background, that I was unaware of) and got rid of my Weather Bug program, said it was a big cause of problems, that also had useless stuff running in the background. Windows 10 has a decent weather program, so I'm good with it, cost nothing, works excellent, and then he also downloading a different malware program, deleting the old that (he said) was doing nothing at all! Now... I'm loving Windows 10. I had thought at the very first, to delete it, and go back to 7, and the tech told me it was a good thing I didn't do that. He said you really can't delete 10, and go back to the way your computer was, even tho "they" say you can. Hang in there, I am happy to have 10. Some minor things are a little different, but it's fine, small changes. It did cost me $100 for the tech to come over to my house, (yes, they make house calls, got here 15 minutes after my call) and he was here 1 3/4 hours and charged me only for 1 hour. Money well spent, and the stupid pop-ups (ads) didn't re-appear, and computer is way faster than ever before...

  15. I have been unhappy with Windows 10 and was planning on asking my husband to uninstall it . My email has been a problem in that it is very slow to access it. There are other recurring problems too. Though I sometimes not sure if I am doing something wrong or if the Windows 10 is causing the problem. I wish I would never have gone with it, but wanted to give it a try in hopes of making things easier and quicker. It didn't. At least once a day I wish I would never have installed it. I would have gotten it un-installed except I was uncertain if everything went back to the way it was. I am glad I read your post today, and all of the comments. On one hand I am glad that I am not the only one having problems with it. That means it isn't just me; but on the other hand, it is too bad that any of us have had problems with Window 10. Next time the "newest thing" comes along, I will bide my time and make sure I have heard a lot of good reports about it before installing,.

    I am glad that your little turkey turned out well and that you had a enjoyable Thanksgiving.

    Susie D.

  16. I have an older laptop - it runs Windows 7. I never installed 10 on it because I heard about some of the nightmares that this would cause. Since this is an older laptop anyway, I figured it wasn't worth it. I am ordering a new laptop and it already runs 10. I have no idea how to use it, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. It can't be any worse than 8 or 8.1 from what I've heard!

  17. While I don't recall which blog and it's been awhile, I did read about someone having issues with 10 and pictures.

    Checking my forecast this morning and I see your rain is coming our way for a few days :)

  18. While I don't recall which blog and it's been awhile, I did read about someone having issues with 10 and pictures.

    Checking my forecast this morning and I see your rain is coming our way for a few days :)

  19. Lovely photos, Brenda. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  20. Brenda your posts always make me smile. I do the very same thing when decorating. I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide on and how you decorate your cozy little house!

  21. We are Mac users, so I can't give any advice on Windows 10, other than a friend has it and it's been a nightmare for her according to her blog and Facebook comments she has made. Love that you have Cox support to help you with your computer needs. xo Happy Thanksgiving!!

  22. Why don't you upload your pics to a flash drive and sort by year or whatever. You can even put them on disks. I am doing that with my personal ones.

  23. I have them all on a flash drive...the best thing ever invented.

  24. I download all my pics from time to time on huge flash drives. Since im in bed most of the time I dont use my pc, just my kindle. The pc keeps asking to download windows 10....after reading this...nope never will. Cant they just leave good enough alone?? I finally got my ssi disability but after 5 months waiting for my first check......I went into debt major! I had no money. Now im trying to dig out of this hole . My credit score is slowly rising but not gonna be easy living on 533 a month for the rest of my life. I am thankful fo money ive struggled to get for 6 years. Hope you are doing well.


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